People are outraged after it appeared that leading Democrats refused to stand or applaud while President Donald Trump acknowledged Carryn Owens, the widow of fallen Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens (video below).
During Trump’s first speech to Congress, he turned to Owens, reports Independent Journal Review. Her SEAL husband died during an assault on terrorists in Yemen on Jan. 29.
Trump acknowledged the SEAL's heroism during his speech:
We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy special operator, Senior Chief William 'Ryan' Owens. Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero -- battling against terrorism and securing our nation.
I just spoke to General [Jim] Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote: "Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies."
Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity. For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country and for our freedom -- we will never forget him.
During the president’s comments, there were multiple rounds of standing ovations to honor Ryan Owens’ sacrifice. But as video seems to show, a number of top Democrats refused to stand and applaud, including Sens. Bernie Sanders, Al Franken and Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Keith Ellison.
Some on social media feel Democrats are being too obstinate in their refusal to support anything that Trump says or does.
“No matter your party politics that you have with any President you stand up and honor the fallen," wrote one user on Conservative Daily's Facebook page. "It just shows you the Democrats havent figured out why they lost. Here's a clue............... The Russians had to do with it.”
Another added, “The Dems showed their true colors last night--disgusting!!”
Some prominent liberals even went so far as to bash the president and the SEAL's widow on social media. Dan Grilo, a volunteer for former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wrote, “Sorry, Owens' wife, you're not helping yourself or your husband's memory by standing there and clapping like an idiot. Trump just used you.” He later apologized and deleted his Twitter account.
Many are expecting a bump in Trump’s approval ratings following the generally well-received speech.
It should be noted that all the Democrats mentioned did stand and applaud Carryn Owens, but not all stood the entire time during each round of standing ovations, reported Snopes. Different camera angles and editing from various news sources gave a different impression of what happened.